Afghanistan: UN officials visit earthquake-affected areas in Herat

High-ranking UN officials in Afghanistan conducted a visit to the Zinda Jan district in the western province of Herat on Monday, an area heavily impacted by the devastating earthquakes that occurred on Saturday.

The primary objective of the visit was to assess the extent of the damages, according to a statement from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The statement also highlighted that immediately following the earthquake on October 7th, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners had intensified their emergency life-saving efforts.

“This is a significant tragedy. The earthquake spared neither the lives of thousands nor their homes and properties,” remarked UN Special Envoy and UNAMA Chief Roza Otunbayeva.

“UN humanitarian agencies were among the first to provide assistance to the affected people. Now, it is time for action,” she emphasized.

The death toll resulting from the devastating earthquake is estimated to be over 2,000, with many people sustaining injuries.

Numerous international aid organizations and countries have pledged their support for those affected by the earthquake. Additionally, both Afghans within and outside the country have initiated fundraising campaigns to aid those impacted by the quake.